How to take good profile pictures in 6 steps
Online dating with EliteSingles is about meeting someone with whom you are truly compatible. However, to getting to that stage requires more than just good fortune. This six step master class will help you on your way to meeting that special someone.
1. Get comfortable
The setting is fundamental to taking good profile pictures. Aiken recommends taking the photo somewhere where you feel at ease – if you are relaxed and comfortable this will come across in the picture which is much more attractive.
He says ‘‘the key to taking a good photograph is making sure that you are comfortable in your surroundings...if you are familiar with your surroundings, then you will be more relaxed and take a better photo...Consciously relax your muscles and try to go with a natural smile:’’ If you feel calm and confident in the photo, it will show in your profile – and that is an image you definitely want to project!
2. Consider the background
While comfort may be key to a successful home photo shoot, don’t let yourself get too relaxed and forget about the background of the photo. ‘’If you go for a shot in your lounge, make sure the background is relatively tidy’’ Let’s be honest, you don’t want the focus of the photo to be taken away from you by a pile of dirty washing in the background!
Prepping yourself is also worth doing. This doesn’t mean giving yourself a full-on makeover; it just requires that you give a little thought to how your clothing and accessories will work on camera. Aiken’s biggest tip here is that colour blocking can be very effective. ‘’Bright colours are fine, as are pale colours, but the important thing is to avoid busy patterns.’’ In other words, you want to be the star of the show – not your clothing.
3. Avoid the profile picture no-nos
There are certain no-goes when it comes to taking good profile pictures. In a recent survey of our members we discovered that revealing clothing was a big turn off. 22% of Irish members said they were not fans of profile pictures that showed too much skin, making stripping off the biggest photo mistake one can make.
According to the survey, other turns offs include wearing sunglasses in photos (picked by 18%) and having poor photo-shopping skills (16%). Surprisingly however, selfies got the thumbs up, being voted unacceptable by only 12% of members.